While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Rash Update, and other ramblings...

Well, I made an appointment to take him in, only I watched throughout the day and the rash was really starting to disappear. So about an hour before the appointment time, I called to cancel it, I felt as though he would be just fine, and that it wasn't contagious or life threatening. I didn't want to go spend the copay just for the doctor to tell me, my instincts were right. (At least in this instance they were )

He's doing better now, and never skipped a beat. So I'm attributing the rash to some kind of contact dermatitis. No one else in the family has the rash, but we'll still keep our eyes peeled. But Ethan my 6 month old sounds like he's catching a cold, and I'm really hoping that it isn't RSV. His oldest sister has a cold right now, or at least a cough that doesn't sound very nice but she seems fine otherwise. So he sounds kind of wheezy -- hopefully it doesn't get worse. Poor guy :(

This time of year is terrible on kids, they are so used to running outside with short sleeves and most of the time without shoes and occasionally without all the clothes on, as in the summertime, but then the weather up and changes on them and they are still used to what they did while it was warm outside.

I thought about how all summer long we tell them to keep the front door cracked with the screen door closed. Why?? We have a swamp cooler and in order for the cooler to work right a draft needs to be present, without a place for the air coming in to draft out of the house, your house won't sufficiently cool. So we grill it in to their heads when the weather starts getting warm in the year and then when the seasons change and it starts getting cold and we need to winterize, such as keep doors closed, they are used to keeping them opened.

So now we've got to go back and reteach them to keep the door closed, so the cold air will stay out or at least keep most of it out, and keep the inside of the house warm. So it takes a while to ingrain this into their heads and you know the drill, by the time they start doing it well, and don't need to be reminded the season changes again. Poor little creatures, they must be absolutely exhausted at trying to do "the right thing". But hey, what perfect circumstances to teach them consistency!! Because the more reminding and training they get while they are younger, when they are older they'll know what to do, and isn't that what we want for our children after all --- is to get them to the point of being able to make the right choices without us, as parents, constantly telling them how, what or when to do something.

That's what I hope to achieve by the time I leave this earth, that my children will be good people and contributing members of society and will do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

1 comment:

  1. It would be nice to imagine the day when, not if, my boys made the right choices without feeling like I had to pull their teeth to get them to listen to me.
    And you are absolutely right about teaching them while they are young. Whatever we program into their minds their first 5 or 6 years is pretty much the way they will think as they continue to grow. What a scary thought!


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